Football: Sheringham joins ISL as Kolkata coach

Former Tottenham player Teddy Sheringham during the ceremony after the game on May 15, 2017.
Former Tottenham player Teddy Sheringham during the ceremony after the game on May 15, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

(AFP) - Former England and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has joined Indian Super League champions Atletico de Kolkata as head coach for the new season.

Sheringham, who made 51 England appearances between 1993 and 2002, joins another United hero Steve Coppell as a coach in India.

Kolkata believe Sheringham's experience with United, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur will help the team as they seek a third ISL title in four seasons.

"One of the top goal scorers and an exceptional player himself I am hopeful Teddy will bring his fine planning skills to lead the way for ATK," Kolkata owner Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, said in a statement.

Sheringham, 51, said he was "excited to be joining ATK and can't wait to get started".

"Sanjiv Goenka has told me about the Indian Super League and it seems like a great place to follow your football dreams and ambitions."

Coppell meanwhile left last year's runners-up Kerala Blasters and will coach Jamshedpur to prepare for the new season in October.

Kerala have picked another United veteran, former assistant coach Rene Meulensteen, as their new boss.

The ISL, which will be in its fourth season, will grow to 10 teams this year.